12 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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Lihue
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Lihue — 6 nights

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ke'e Beach and Shipwreck Beach. Attractions like Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Anini Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lihue: Polihale State Park (in Waimea) and Hanapepe (Salt Pond Beach Park & Hanapepe Friday Night Festival & Art Walk). There's lots more to do: hike along Kauai Path, get outside with Kilauea Lighthouse, stroll around Lydgate State Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lihue online journey planner.

Chicago to Lihue is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Lihue, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Lihue reach 82°F and lows reach 71°F. You will leave for Kahului on the 3rd (Sat).
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Kahului — 4 nights

Kahului is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, on the island of Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hana Highway - Road to Hana and Maui Swap Meet. Relax by the water at Ka'anapali Beach and Wailea Beach. Explore Kahului's surroundings by going to Lahaina Front Street (in Lahaina), Wailea (Oneuli Beach & Makena Beach) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kahului online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Lihue to Kahului in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Kauai travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.
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Maui travel guide

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The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.
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